Bramall Lane -
Vs Reading, Championship League,
This fixture was the
biggest so far for both teams and excitement and anticipation were amongst
the ranks, getting text messages of my mate (a blade) giving the usual
banter. This was going to be a brilliant game and it did not disappoint.
My journey to and from Bramall Lane was relatively easy although policing
made it difficult after the match to get away, but apart from that it was
ok. I parked on a back street near the away end and my
car was in one piece when I got back!! Due to my mate been a United
fan, I knew which pubs to avoid as Sheff Utd fans are very passionate about their club and you could
definitely feel the anticipation in the air around the ground. I went for a
drink in a pub called The Royal Standard, I would not recommend this for
away fans! I only went there because my mate told me id be fine if I didn't
wear colours. In the pub I found the home fans fairly friendly and the
banter was flowing!
My first impressions of the ground were a bit disappointing if
I'm honest but it doesn't tell the story. Bramall
Lane has for me got to be one of the most impressive older grounds
I've ever seen. The ground is really compact with
three corners filled in and the corner to the right of the away end under
construction. I was really impressed with the ground and for my first ever
visit I was pleasantly surprised. Due to been a top of the table match I
expected the atmosphere to be good and it lived unto it. The home fans are
very vocal and passionate. Our following was very good swell so it made for
a great atmosphere.
United took the lead and it was deafening but Dave Kitson levelled soon
after and it was us Reading fans who could have
the 10 minutes of vocals! There were a lot of
stewards and police in the ground and stewarding was a bit harsh. One
Reading fan got thrown out for constantly standing , a bit unfair but there
you go... Half Time I endulged in a chicken balti pie which never seems to
disappoint. I did find however prices to be a bit costly!
After the game it was hard to get out from the away end but after a few
minutes things cleared and I got back to my car safely. We gained a well
earned point but should have had three if kitson would have converted a last
minute penalty. Overall I enjoyed the game and it was a great advert for The
Championship. I found the ground very good and the home fans very passionate
and vocal. This made it a great game and a wonderful atmosphere from start
to finish. I wish Sheff Utd the best of luck for second spot because they aren't
going to catch us.
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